Spicy Sausage + Kale Soup

Growing up in a Filipino household, soup was eaten throughout the year, regardless of the season. There's something comforting about eating a bowl of piping hot soup on a warm day–it's almost has a colling effect that simultaneously warms the soul. Anyone else agree?

Fall is officially here and despite the Los Angeles weather not budging below 92°F anytime soon, it seems as though I’m being nudged to bring on all the cozy “fall” eats regardless of the weather, and frankly, I’m okay with that.

What I most enjoy about this soup is how well the buttery yukon gold potatoes compliment the spicy Italian sausage and kale. This soup also tastes better after it sits for a bit. Try to hold off from reaching for a ladle and bowl and wait ~30 minutes before diving in. This gives the flavors time to dance together, yielding delicious soup.

Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 2-3

You Need:

  • ½ lb spicy Italian chicken sausage, caseins removed
  • 1½ tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • ½ large brown onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • ½ lb baby yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1” pieces and place in a small bowl filled with water
  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • ½ tsp salt + more to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper + more to taste
  • ¼ tsp pimentón or smoked paprika
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth

Do It:

  1. In a dutch oven, cook sausage until thoroughly cooked. Remove sausage from dutch oven and set aside. Discard fat from sausage and place back on the stove.
  2. Heat dutch oven over medium-high heat and add ghee or avocado oil. Add onion + garlic and cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add oregano, salt, pepper, pimentón and cook for 1 min.
  3. Add potatoes and cook for 3 mins.
  4. Add sausage and kale and cook until kale is wilted.
  5. Add bone broth and bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover dutch oven with lid. Cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  6. Enjoy with sourdough bread and freshly grated parmesan cheese.